HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH LEGISLATURE

REGULAR SESSION OF 2014

 

COMMITTEE ON ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Rep. Chris Lee, Chair

Rep. Cynthia Thielen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

Rep. Cindy Evans

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Faye P. Hanohano

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Richard Lee Fale

 

COMMITTEE ON WATER & LAND

Rep. Cindy Evans, Chair

Rep. Nicole E. Lowen, Vice Chair

 

Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen

Rep. Calvin K.Y. Say

Rep. Faye P. Hanohano

Rep. Scott Y. Nishimoto

Rep. Derek S.K. Kawakami

Rep. Richard Lee Fale

Rep. Chris Lee

Rep. Cynthia Thielen

 

NOTICE OF HEARING

 

DATE:

Thursday, February 13, 2014

TIME:

8:40 A.M.

PLACE:

Conference Room 325

State Capitol

415 South Beretania Street

 

A G E N D A

 

 

 

 

HB 2359

Status

RELATING TO THE ENVIRONMENT.

Prohibits hydraulic fracturing and the collection, storage, treatment, or discharge of wastewater from hydraulic fracturing. Provides for penalties and enforcement.

 

EEP/WAL, FIN

HB 2639, HD1

(HSCR85-14)

Status

RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT.

Requires all penalties, fees, and costs established and collected by the DLNR pursuant to chapter 182, HRS, to be deposited in the special land and development fund. Includes geothermal resources within the definition of a renewable energy producer. Clarifies the permitting procedures for regulators and renewable energy developers considering geothermal development. Requires the use of an area or site within the conservation district for geothermal resources development to be governed by the BLNR. Authorizes certain county authorities to issue geothermal resource permits to allow geothermal resources development in an agricultural, rural, or urban district even if the development is not considered a permissible use under the applicable county zoning ordinances or general plan. Redefines "mining lease" to include lease of the right to conduct mining operations on reserved lands. Reserves all minerals in, on, or under reserved lands to the State. Requires persons wishing to conduct geothermal resources exploration on reserved lands to apply to BLNR for exploration permits. Increases maximum amount of fees for violations of chapter 182, HRS, or any rules adopted pursuant thereto. Authorizes BLNR or its authorized representative to set, charge, and collect administrative fines or bring legal action to recover damages arising from violations of chapter 182, HRS. (HB2639 HD1)

 

EEP/WAL, FIN

HB 1766

Status

RELATING TO GEOTHERMAL RESOURCES.

Restores, amends, and repeals certain statutory provisions relating to geothermal energy production that were repealed or enacted by Act 97, SLH 2012, including the restoration of geothermal resource subzones. Establishes a permitting process for geothermal resources development. Requires BLNR and the counties to implement the recommendations of the 2013 Final Report of the Geothermal Public Health Assessment Study Group prior to issuing permits for future geothermal development.

 

EEP, WAL

HB 1731

Status

AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR THE PROCESSING OF SEWAGE INTO SEWAGE DERIVED FUEL.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist a processing enterprise to process sewage to create sewage derived fuel.

 

EEP, FIN

HB 1730

Status

AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE REVENUE BONDS FOR PACIFIC POWER GROUP, LLC, A UTILITY SERVING THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN PROVIDING ELECTRIC ENERGY.

Authorizes the issuance of special purpose revenue bonds to assist Pacific Power Group, LLC, to assist a utility serving the general public in providing electric energy enterprises.

 

EEP, FIN

 

 

 

 

DECISION MAKING TO FOLLOW

 

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     The Committee(s) to which the comments are directed;

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Rep. Cindy Evans

Chair

 

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Rep. Chris Lee

Chair